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Kiran George, Ph.D.

L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award, 2017-18
Fullerton
Department of Computer Engineering

I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with students on various projects that are both challenging and cutting edge. My students inspire me every day to redefine the boundaries of engineering.

Kiran George, professor of computer engineering, has been a transformational force in innovative research — from developing a brain-controlled robotic arm for people who lose mobility in limbs to an electronic communication system to aid patients who can no longer speak. His colleagues call him a prolific researcher whose accomplishments on campus are unprecedented in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

George and his students work on projects with industry and community partners, including the ALS Association to help patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Since joining the university in 2007, George has secured more than $1.85 million in external funding for his research, including grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Army Research Labs. He is a 2012 recipient of NSF's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award, a top honor for junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research and education. George earned his doctorate from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.